Dismay over bus queue tactics

MOST older people know how general behaviour and respect seems to have deteriorated after the World War II period and with quite a number of elderly people now taking bus journeys in and out of town, there has been occasional comment in this newspaper regarding their experiences.

Last Thursday at 3pm I was waiting for my wife at the Loop bus stop in Terminus Road. Quite a queue formed. After about five minutes, with a queue stretching beyond the shelter area, I watched a woman sidle in at the front of the queue and stand against the shelter end. She was shortly joined by two teenagers - a girl and lad.

Sitting on the seat in the shelter at the front of the queue was an elderly gent and, as the bus arrived I watched him get up and move to the pavement.

The young lad beat him to it with the girl and the woman slightly behind.

As the bus doors opened the lad loudly proclaimed passengers needed to get off and told the elderly gent he should move out of the way.

The man stood his ground telling the lad he was aware of the tactic being employed to beat the queue, at the same time passengers easily alighted without the man being in the way. The girl told the man there is no such thing as queueing and was obviously intent on closely following the lad aboard.

When passenger alighted, the lad moved forward and the man, then behind him, grasped the rail on the left side of the bus entrance as he also commenced stepping aboard.

The girl knocked the man’s hand off the rail whereupon he lurched slightly forward and to his right while at the same time quickly grasping the rail again. I was astonished by the girl’s action.

An altercation followed between the man and the girl with the man wagging his forefinger at her.

I was further astonished at her commenting on “how rude elderly people are”.

There was a slight delay while the driver spoke with all three concerned and I overheard the man saying he didn’t mind if the police were called because people in the queue had seen what had happened.

My wife had not arrived so I didn’t join the bus but I’m wondering what may have later happened, if at all. In the event it was continued to the detriment of the elderly gent, a reply in this newspaper would gain my evidential support.

Ron Spicer

Meadowlands Avenue